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Liverpool Waters Gets Central Government Approval for Planning Permission

Monday, 4 March 2013

Central Government have made and confirmed their decision today to approve Liverpool Council’s decision to grant planning permission for The Peel Group’s massive redevelopment of the disused parts of the docks named Liverpool Waters.

This is the end of 6 years of hard work by Peel, its team of expert consultants and the City Council all working together in partnership.

This confirms Peel’s contention that this development will be a huge benefit in every sense of the word to Liverpool to move this great city forward into a new era of prosperity, all which will compliment and benefit the heritage and history of this site.

Most of the Liverpool Waters site, formerly known as Central Docks, has been unused and derelict for decades. The ships that transport goods around the world are simply too big to moor in these docks anymore and the ships are getting bigger.

Liverpool Waters will bring these entire docks back into use with a variety of uses that will connect the city centre to a wider and more interesting and vibrant waterfront that will satisfy the needs of this century and help drive Liverpool forward to be the UK’s second city to London.

Development Director at Peel, Lindsey Ashworth, said, “This is a well-deserved reward and justice for all those who never gave up supporting this scheme - the Government is now demonstrating its support for Liverpool Waters too.

“A big thank you goes to the people of Liverpool who have been behind this project all the way. The weight of our argument has succeeded in overcoming significant objections from both English Heritage and the World Heritage Body UNESCO. Peel is proud to have worked in close partnership with the City of Liverpool – we believe it represents an exciting future for both.”

The planning consent will open up opportunities and new prospects to link UK businesses with other international businesses such as Asia – Liverpool is now well placed to be alongside the best of the best.

For Central Docks securing this planning permission is the end of the beginning and the start of another exciting phase of its life that will add to the beauty of Liverpool’s Waterfront and the economic strength of the Liverpool region.

Ian Pollitt – Development / Investment Surveyor for Peel said – “After over 5 years working on this exciting and challenging project, today’s decision by the Government to not call a public enquiry for the Liverpool Waters project is fantastic news for the future of Liverpool and I would like to thank all of the Liverpool Waters design team, together with everyone at Liverpool City Council who have worked so hard to deliver this outline planning permission. This is another important step forward in the regeneration of Liverpool’s already world famous waterfront.

Peel looks forward to working in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Vision, the L.E.P and English Heritage to deliver our vision over the coming years.

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